This Is Farcical

From Caroline Kennedy’s visit to upstate New York:

. . . after meeting with [Syracuse] Mayor Matt Driscoll, she ran into a buzz saw — angry reporters who wanted her to do more talking and less listening.

“But you’ve never held public office so what experience [do you have]?” one reporter asked.

Actually, she did speak briefly in Syracuse.

“I wanted to come upstate and meet with Mayor Driscoll and others to tell them about my experience and also learn more about how Washington can help these communities,” Kennedy said.

Her quick remarks fell flat. Reporters seemed to feel brushed off and they pursued her out.

“You’re not going to answer questions at all?” one asked.

“Where you headed next?” another demanded.

To the car.

[. . .]

Stop two was in Rochester.

Clearly someone must have told her after she left Syracuse that it probably wasn’t a good idea to dis reporters completely. In Rochester she opened up a whole lot more.

“What makes you think you can represent upstate?” she was asked.

“Well as I, first of all this was a great visit and I’ve already learned a lot and I want to come back,” Kennedy said.

The question came again: What have you learned?

“It’s a process so I just hope everybody understands this is not a campaign, but I have lived a life committed to public service, wrote a book on the constitution, the importance of independent participation, raised my family committed to education in New York City,” Kennedy said.

The mind reels.